As Christians, we know that our relationship with God is a central part of our lives. But with busy schedules, it can be difficult to stay connected with Him on a daily basis. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 11 ways to connect with God on the go. By making a habit of these daily practices, you can deepen your relationship with God and experience the peace and joy that comes with knowing Him.
11 ways to Connect with God on the Go
1. Listen to worship music on your commute
For the past 12 years, I have NOT had a commute because I stayed home with the kids. But I recently started working where I spend 1-2 hours in the car once or twice a week.
Most people might think this commute is long, but I love it.
I use my commute to listen to worship music, pray, and sit in silence.
Being intentional about my commute has helped me feel good about the time I spend in the car, instead of feeling like I’m wasting my time.
2. Say a prayer of gratitude as soon as you wake up
One of the things I love about prayer is that you can pray at any time, any place regardless of what else is going on.
I’m not a morning person, so I don’t naturally wake up and think about praying. But, it is a good practice to incorporate prayer into your day.
You can pray as you work around the house, commute to and from anywhere you go, and add prayer to your family times such as dinner and bedtime.
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3. Meditate on a scripture verse during your lunch break
My mind usually runs a mile a minute filled with all the things I need to do. This usually leads me to more stress.
What helps my mind to calm down is to think about something else.
The Bible tells us to meditate on God’s word.
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.Joshua 1:8
One way I’ve done this is by writing a verse or 2 on cue cards. I then put that card in my purse and take it out to read. This process helps me memorize it.
Then, once I’ve memorized the verse, I can meditate on it anywhere I go.
4. Write down your prayers or reflections
Whether I’m listing to a podcast, reading Christian blogs, scrolling Instagram, listing to a sermon, or doing my own Bible reading– Anytime a verse catches me or opens a question I want to look into further- I make a note.
I usually have my phone with me, so I either open my notes app or my google docs app and write the verse and the thoughts/ideas I had related to that question.
I might go back to it, or I might not- BUT, the action of taking a minute to write it down and my thoughts help the verse stick in my mind longer.
Not only can you do this with Bible verses, but you can do the same with prayers and prayer requests.
5. Take a moment to pray before making an important decision
As a Christian, I know I should pray before any major decision, but I sometimes have a hard time putting this into practice.
After many years of being a Christian, it’s always better to pray about something FIRST, and then go do what The Lord has called us to do.
Recently, the church’s youth group started planning a summer trip to Mexico. As soon as my daughter heard about this trip, she was set on going.
My husband and I never made any promises but went to the information meetings and learned more about the tri. As the time came closer to decide- I felt uneasy.
I knew this trip was a good opportunity for my daughter, but we had never sat down to pray about whether or not she should go.
So, my husband, daughter and I sat down and talked about the trip, and prayed together.
Our daughter was so adamant about going, I was sure we were headed for fights about this trip in the future.
After a couple of weeks, I noticed I had peace about our daughter not going on this trip, and planning a family trip instead.
I brought this up with my husband and he felt the same.
We knew we needed to bring this up with our daughter. We were expecting a fight and were surprised by what happened next.
When we sat down and explained ourselves and what we wanted to do, she was prepared for our answer. The Lord had given her peace about not going and prepared her heart for our answer!!
This was such a good parenting lesson for me.
We didn’t push our agenda. We didn’t follow our daughter and what she wanted. Instead, we prayed as a group and let The Lord work in each of our lives to bring us to the same conclusion! This is the power of prayer!
The Lord wants us to come to Him and ask what He wants us to do. When we do, He does direct us.
6. Listen to a podcast or sermon during your workout
I love life hacks that help me do 2 things at once. If you work out, a great way to spend time in prayer or learning about God’s word is to listen to scripture, sermons, or worship music when you work out.
Even if you are not 100% paying attention to what you are listening to, your unconscious thoughts are being filled with the truth of scripture or being blessed by the worship you listened to.
7. Use a Bible app to read a chapter or verse during your morning coffee
Growing up, reading The Bible on the go meant bringing a Bible with you wherever you went.
I’m a bit ashamed to share this, but I was always shy about taking out my Bible in public and reading it. I felt self conscious and spent most of that time worried about what people thought of me- instead of what I was reading.
These days, it’s so much easier to read God’s word, because we can access it through apps. I’ve downloaded YouVersion Bible app on my phone and use it to read scripture on the go.
It’s so easy to read a verse or more at lunch, or when I’m waiting for something.
8. Reflect on God’s blessings during a walk outside
I grew up in an area full of rolling hills, and not too far from mountains. Even though I have seen my fait share of mountains, every single time I see them- they take my breath away.
My family actually makes fun of me because I often gasp when I see them. At first, my husband thought there was something wrong. But it’s my natural response to God’s creation.
The Bible tells us that creation shows us God’s glory.
The heavens declare the glory of God;Psalm 19:1
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
If you spend any time outdoors, take a minute to really look at it and think about God- the one who created everything around us.
Enjoying nature is an easy way to think about The Lord throughout the day.
9. Focus on God’s presence in the moment
I often get caught up in the day-to-day events that I don’t always take advantage of the audience I can hold with The God of the universe at any time I want.
As Christians, we have direct access to the Throne room- yet how often do we remember that?
So, to help me be more mindful- I’ll picture myself standing in a great hall in front of God who is sitting on His throne.
That image helps me be more mindful of who God is, but also about the relationship I have with Him. It’s not full of customs and expectations- but one that is personal. A God who knows me and wants me to talk to Him about everything.
When I have that mindset- It’s easier to feel His presence and enjoy being with Him.
10. Use an app to set reminders for prayer time
I enjoy praying for people. It makes me feel useful when there is nothing else I can do. But, I often times say I’ll pray for someone, and then forget.
So, a few years ago, I started setting reminders on my phone to pray for people.
If I knew someone was having surgery, I would find out the time and make an event in my phone calendar.
That way, when the day comes, a notice pops up on my phone telling me to pray for a certain person about a certain thing.
This simple step has helped me take action and actually pray for people- not just say I’ll pray for them.
If you haven’t tried it, I challenge you to try it and see if it makes a difference for you.
11. Start a gratitude jar and add something you’re thankful for each day
If you don’t have a lot of time, a simple way to remember God is to have a gratitude jar.
Anytime you feel thankful for something- write it down and put that piece of paper in a jar.
Over time, the jar will fill up. This then becomes physical evidence for all the things you are thankful for.
The simple act of looking at a full jar will draw your heart to God in gratitude.
My mom does something like this. Instead of paper, she will write keywords on stone and places those stones in a jar. They are her reminder stones.
They remind her of God’s faithfulness and promises.
Spending time with God doesn’t have to be complicated, or take a lot of time. I hope this list of 11 ways to Connect with God on the Go has helped you think outside the box. In the comments, share your number 1 tip for connecting with God.